BEIJING -- Bernard Lagat looked like his old self again on Wednesday night. Granted, it was only a semifinal heat of the 5,000 meters, but after failing to qualify earlier in the week for the final of the 1,500, a race he called his priority, Lagat needed a good showing in the 5,000 semis -- maybe to boost his confidence, maybe to regain his form.
Well, there's always 48 Hours Mystery on CBS, and ABC appears to be showing another can't-miss episode of Eli Stone. Of course, if you're reading this, it's a safe bet you'll be watching the Michael Phelps coronation. If Phelps and his teammates win the 4x100 medley relay (bet the house, the vacation house and all your other possessions on it), he will become the all-time leader in gold medals in a single games with eight. The scheduled time of the race is 10:58 p.m., the final event of the swimming program in Beijing. "The U.S. should win unless something goes wrong," says Sports Illustrated's Brian Cazeneuve. "But keep in mind that the last time they swam this event at a major competition -- the world championships in 2007 -- something went very wrong. The team was disqualified because of an illegal exchange. Barring that, I just don't think there is a team with four swimmers at the level of the U.S."
Some athletes earn the right to be considered a sporting legend. Few, in truth, are truly deserving of such an honor. But there can be no quarrel over the greatness of Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie who, in a career spanning 16 years, has redefined the art of long-distance running.
Europe and Russia took the team titles at the IAAF World Cup but the second day of competition belonged to Qatar-based Saif Saaeed Shaheen and Sanya Richards of the U.S. who completed competition doubles.
Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele completed a historic double by storming to the men's 12-kilometer title at the world cross country championships in Fukuoka on Sunday and then declared that he would not be back.
Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele, winner for the last three years of both the short and long events at the World Cross Country Championship, opened his winter campaign with a victory at the prestigious Venta de Banos race in Spain on Sunday.
Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele sealed his reputation as both the present and future of long-distance running when he won the Olympic men's 10,000 meters, leaving his mentor Haile Gebrselassie to finish fifth.